Extending the search for "Find all content by ...", but I'm a little stuck


Active member
I put up a thread about this before but I'm not sure I was completely clear. I hope someone knows the answer this time!

I'm trying to build upon the function "Find all content by ... ", which is very similar to what I want to do.

I want to find all posts by the current user, but only display the results as threads....

So...if I was to run it on XenForo, for example, it would show this thread in the search results,
but it would also show this thread in the results too. https://xenforo.com/community/threads/weekly-digest.86791/
Although I didnt start the thread, it would be included in the list because I posted in it.

Does that make sense? I'm trying to build a 'Threads you've participated in" search for our users.
I've extended ControllerPublic_Search, inparticular modifying my actionParticipated() off the actionMember() function, but I'm now stuck.

The code in actionMember() goes down a rabbit hole of search handlers and stuff I'm really unsure of.

Would it be easier to completely build my own model to pull the data from the Database?


Well-known member
Personally I'd make my own query. Something like this...
return $this->_getDb()->fetchAll('
           SELECT DISTINCT thread.thread_id, thread.title
           FROM xf_post as post
           INNER JOIN xf_thread as thread ON
           (thread.thread_id = post.thread_id)
           WHERE post.user_id = ' . $user_id


Active member
Sort of, but no. The 'Your content' shows a list of exactly that, your actual content. It's too 'busy'.
I want to perform a similar search but show the results as a thread list, regardless of who started the particular thread.

It's a list of threads you've posted in, complete with "New post" indicators etc, so you can quickly catch up on discussions you've recently been involved in.

Is that a bit clearer? I'm struggling to find the right words :D


Active member
Actually, I think I've found a way of doing it without building my own model.

Using $searcher->searchType and setting 'groupByDiscussion' to True?


Active member
I *think* I've figured it out now, using Model_Search=>searchType
It seems to work on my test forum.....so far.

Here's the relevant code for actionParticipated
        $userId = XenForo_Visitor::getUserId();
        $user = $this->_getUserModel()->getUserById($userId);
        $searchModel = $this->_getSearchModel();
        $searcher = new XenForo_Search_Searcher($searchModel);
        $typeHandler = $this->_getSearchModel()->getSearchDataHandler('post');
        $constraints = array('titles_only' => true, 'user'=> true, 'user_id' => $userId);
        $results = $searcher->searchType($typeHandler, null, $constraints, null, true, null);
        if (!$results)
            return $this->getNoSearchResultsResponse($searcher);
        $warnings = $searcher->getErrors() + $searcher->getWarnings();
        $search = $searchModel->insertSearch($results, 'participated', null, $constraints, 'date', true, array(), $warnings, $userId);
        return    $this->responseRedirect(
                XenForo_Link::buildPublicLink('search', $search),

Is there anything glaringly stupid that I've done wrong or missed?


XenForo developer
Staff member
Your "user" constraint should be the user ID I believe, but otherwise I think it looks correct and if it works... :)